Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Why would any nonbeliever want to become a Christian after observing Trump apologists?
2 Peter 1:19-21 admonishes Christians not to place too much trust in spoken prophetic words.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Scripture is God’s word. One of the primary doctrines of the protestant faith is Sola Scriptura: by Scripture alone. John 1, written by an eyewitness of Christ’s divinity, says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Peter, the “rock” of God’s church of Jesus Christ, put more faith in this word than in what he himself witnessed.
2 Peter 1:16-18:
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
Jude made the point more succinctly (v. 8-11):
Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
And (v. 16-19):
These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
There are ways to discuss politics in a Christian forum and in keeping with Biblical orthodoxy. There are arguments that might even support Donald Trump given in love and in Christian discourse. I do not condemn those who genuinely believe those arguments and yet cling to faith in God and Jesus Christ.
Go back and read Jude v.16-19 closely again. Many Christians, even pastors, who spout arguments for Trump, using the Bible, their position, and their own “prophetic words” as proof of God’s anointing on Trump, or God’s will, are following their own lusts, not the Word of God.
No wonder those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ and His resurrection mock Christians. No wonder they want no part of this. No wonder they’d rather sit in a bar and discuss their problems with strangers over a Scotch than to hear this cacophony of discord and venom.
Jesus’ final recorded prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was for all believers to come. John 17:20-23:
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
To any outside the Christian faith, Donald Trump has made a mockery of this Scripture. He has fulfilled Jude 8-11 and 16-19, and mocked John 17:20-23. But the unchurched don’t know Scripture. They do, however, have a brain, a conscience, and a finely-tuned sense of hypocrisy.
Those Christians who have sowed division, offered false rebukes, denied love, and excused sin in the name of a false god have only made those with hard hearts, harder. Trump has done more to demolish the appeal of Christianity than any avowed radical atheist.
With Christians like these, who would want to be one?